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West Ham United 'lining up move for Chris Smalling'

West Ham 'lining up move for Smalling'
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West Ham United are reportedly tracking Manchester United's transfer activity with a view to signing Chris Smalling this summer.

West Ham United are reportedly keeping tabs on Manchester United's transfer activity with a view to making a move for Chris Smalling this summer.

United are understood to have made signing a centre-back their priority during the current window and have been linked with a big-money bid for Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld.

Should the Red Devils bring in an extra defensive option then it would leave Jose Mourinho with six centre-backs on his books, and Metro reports that West Ham are hoping Smalling may be considered surplus to requirements.

Mourinho is not thought to be actively looking to offload any of his central defenders, but the Hammers could use the competition for places to prise Smalling away from Old Trafford.

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini and new director of football Mario Husillos have begun to outline their transfer targets, with defence a priority for them.

Swansea City duo Alfie Mawson and Lukasz Fabianski have been touted as possible targets for the capital outfit, although a long-term injury to Manuel Lanzini - who could miss the majority of next season - may force them to rethink their transfer plans.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool35277179205988
2Manchester CityMan City34282487226586
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs352311165353070
4Chelsea35207859382167
5Arsenal34206868432566
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd34197863481564
7Watford35148135050050
8Everton35147145044649
9Leicester CityLeicester35146154847148
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves34139124142-148
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham35127164454-1043
12Crystal Palace35126174348-542
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle35118163544-941
14Bournemouth35125184962-1341
15Burnley35117174462-1840
16Southampton35910164158-1737
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3597193254-2234
18Cardiff CityCardiff3594223065-3531
RFulham3565243376-4323
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3535272069-4914

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